Big question: How can online study be done without basic facilities?
The Corona epidemic has put schools in India in a digital crisis. Students are being digitally divided in different parts of the country and most of the schools do not even know how to teach their students in lockdown. The grievance of most parents and students is that schools have started teaching online, but the student has neither computer nor internet connection at home, how can a student study at home in such circumstances? The speed of internet in smartphones is not working, expensive private schools have started online education but students are becoming addicted to smartphones instead of education. Looking at the mobile for a long time is causing eye problems.
India is now ranked 128th in the world in terms of internet speed.
The question is, after all, how many students have access to online education? A student from Kerala allegedly committed suicide due to a lack of this facility. After that incident, the discussion on this issue has increased. According to a September 2019 report, India ranks 13th in the world in terms of internet speed. The situation is even worse in rural areas. This gap between urban and rural students has become one of the biggest obstacles in the way of online education.
Digital trenches and electricity.
Many academics have expressed deep concern about the digital trenches in the country. He says that under Mission Antyodaya, 20 percent of rural households get electricity in less than 8 hours and 47% percent get a little more than 12 hours. In addition, according to a 2018 study, only 24% of people have a smartphone. According to another report, between July 2017 and June 2018, only 10.7 percent of households in the country had a computer. Online education is new to India. But that requires removing a number of barriers, such as poverty and the spread of the Internet.
The situation is not different in Delhi, the country’s capital, where 16 lakh children are deprived of online education due to a lack of facilities.
Around 16 lakh children studying in government and municipal schools cannot participate in online studies due to a lack of mobiles, internet and computers. There are 16 lakh children studying in 1,600 schools run by municipalities in Delhi, the number of students in 1,028 schools run by the Delhi government is 15.15 lakh, most of them have neither parent’s contact number nor any of thei numbers. Under such circumstances, online study is a dream come true.
My content can be found on YouTube rather than online education!
Students are no longer interested in online education, which began when schools closed in the lockdown. This is the reason why almost all these students of these standards have been able to engage in online education. In addition, there is the question of the speed of the Internet, while the lack of resources affects online learning.
The school of rich and poor children.
The second dimension of this picture is different. For example, an average of 10,000 students studies for two hours every day through video conferencing on a 1,200 virtual basis organized every week by the prestigious South Point School in Kolkata. The school also conducted online examinations for Class IX and Class XI last week. But how many schools in the country have such a facility? Especially in rural areas, along with commuters and internet, electricity is also a problem.
Lack of 24 hours of electricity is also an obstacle in online education.
Nearly half of the students studying at Thakuria Ramchandra School in Kolkata do not have the facility to study online. The school teacher says that most of our students are from poor families and come from far and wide. There is no electricity in their house, where is the internet and commuter? He says that he has ordered to start online education without any preparation. Before that, it was not clear how many homes had the basic facilities needed.
Curriculum will be designed with the poorest of the poor in mind: Nishank.
Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank claims that schools are online learning platforms like Diksha and e-Pathshala for education. But if a student does not have an internet facility, education is provided for him through 5 channels of Swayaprabha. He says the government is also concerned about the poorest child who does not have internet or a smartphone. The curriculum will be prepared accordingly and the help of radio will be taken if required.
As many as 154 million students worldwide have been affected by school closures caused by Corona.
UNESCO has suggested a five-pronged program to control this problem.
Kerala’s 2.5 lakh students do not have TVs or computers.
Education experts say that in a country where there are no basic facilities like school and building for school education, online education seems like a child’s play. An 18-year-old